Title: Conjoined

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Year: 2013

Genre: Independent / Horror / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 76 min

Director: Joe Grisaffi

Writer: Chuck Norfolk & Tim Norfolk

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2909196/

Thanks to an internet dating site, Stanley and Alina found each other. Stanley is in for a treat when he finds out that Alina is a conjoined twin. Her sister, Alisa, isn't quite as nice and charming as Alina, and when they move in with Stanley his life is changing dramatically. Alisa tends to kill those who have anything bad to say about her and her sister's situation.

Our thoughts:
After so many independent films over the years, you often do feel like you know what you are gonna get after a glimpse. At least the quality of what you are getting, which ultimately plays a large part in how well things are executed. I'll admit that "Conjoined" had me expecting something... meh. But what I got was actually a real joy.

Its story is thin. It's about a man finding love in a girl who is a conjoined twin, and her sister is crazy. Yes, very crazy, actually. If anyone calls them "freaks", laughs and similar, they're about to take their last breath. She's a killer. While her sister is a very nice and cute girl just having to deal with her sister as best as she can. The real heart of the flick is the personal things each character goes through. How the man, Stanley, is ready to go through this because of his love for Alina. How the sister, Alisa, has to do what she can after a life time of being called a freak. And just as importantly, how Alina deals with the love of her life and her sister by her side.

"Conjoined" never won me over through its story, but I completely enjoyed the heart that was put into it, the comedy that is constant, and just having a movie accept that it is just that - a movie. It's entertainment. If you spend time picking holes in it, you'll probably be very busy, but if you just sit back and watch it to have fun, I'd say it's up there with some of Frank Henenlotter's work but with more heart.

The effects aren't too bad - unless they are intentionally bad (which they seem to be in a few scenes). It's not award-worthy stuff, but there's not too much effects to begin with. Though there is a scene towards the end that really sprays with blood. If you're into excessive use of blood then I am sure that scene will amuse you - it certainly worked for me. You'll never feel like the movie lacks, and that's the most important part.

Put some of the production values, spontaneous decisions, continuity errors, etc. aside and "Conjoined" is a lot more fun than I thought it would be. The comedy is a mix of dark, silly and heartfelt, and that's essentially how I'd explain the movie as well. It does end with in rather questionable mood, but overall this was a fun, lighthearted horror comedy that might be missed out on. It felt like a perfect movie for me to watch at the time, between having watched some overly silly indies and a few darker flicks.

Positive things:
- A really fun movie.
- Lighthearted but with some dark themes.
- Likable characters, even down to the lead's friend.
- Came as a big surprise to me.
Negative things:
- Some of the intentional bad effects. At least I think they were intentional.
- The cop character wasn't needed at all.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 3.5/5

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